Frank McAvennie claims a Peter Lawwell mistake could see Odsonne Edouard leave Celtic for ‘nothing’ this summer.
The former Celtic striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims Celtic should’ve allowed key players to leave last summer so the club could demand higher transfer fees for their stars.
As revealed by Football Insider this week, West Ham are now in pole position to sign Edouard after laying the groundwork of a potential deal for the summer.
This site understands Edouard could be available for as little as £8million this summer despite Celtic wanting £40million for their striker last year.
McAvennie claims Lawwell was blinded by the desire to win a tenth league title in a row and that his mistake could see Edouard leave for ‘nothing’ compared to what he was worth last summer
“If they double what they paid for him, fine,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“He did a lot better last year compared to this year, his touch was awful at the weekend but it’s not very often you say that about Edouard.
“In this day and age that fee is nothing. They made a mistake, Peter Lawwell said some players wanted to go last summer and they convinced them to stay so they could win 10 in a row.
“In hindsight that wasn’t the right thing to do, Neil Lennon said some players don’t want to be here so they need to go.”
After this season’s 3-0 win over Hamilton, Neil Lennon hailed Edouard as ‘magnificent’ and ‘a joy to watch’ after picking up a goal and an assist.
Lennon is quoted by Glasgow Live as saying, “He looked far more like himself today and I thought he was magnificent. He’s a joy to watch at times.”